Collaborative Individuality : Robots Will Kill, Plus Friends

Veng and Chris of RWK Plus Overunder, Never, Peeta and ECB Finish a Wall in Bushwick

Sometime in April we brought you a wall in progress with the tireless Veng and Chris of RWK in collaboration with Overunder, Never, Peeta and ECB for good measure. The guys finished their work a while ago and finally last week we had time to go and check it out. Not surprisingly, each member continues to tighten their individual visions and the wall is richly painted with beautiful details, vivid imagination and a mastery of the can.

Brooklyn-street-art-overunder-RWK-veng-chris-ecb-never-peeta-jaime-rojo-05-11-web-1ECB corner (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The walls of Robots Will Kill and friends can sometimes resemble an open sketchbook of imagination, predilection and pursuit; with Western and urban styles that coexist and interact, if not merge. A 90s 3-D wild style meets 2-D cartoon while a molten white man’s dinosaur heads floats nearby ominously. An ever evolving collective of painters, these friends have worked together often, watching their individual interests and styles develop and articulate.


Veng and Chris of RWK and Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)

In this fresh spring collection, the new element of an absurdist nature comes from the mind of Overunder, who sweeps up Veng’s 15th century oil portraits with the roll down gates of city bodegas, depositing them in a ramshackle pile of human limbs and signage like a receding tornado. Another subtle humorist, Overunder gives his gates appropriate adornment; graffiti throwups, tags, a robot from Chris RWK and the time honored graff dis – “Toy” sprayed across a Nike logo.


Veng and Chris of RWK, Overunder, Peeta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Somehow Veng’s formalist portrait retains its character and remains drolly poker-faced and disinterested among the debris, and Chris RWK’s robot rises above quizzically in a Shakespearian robe from the Costume Department. The crowning achievement is the deli-canopied cladding Veng’s character head gets – a surreal Star Wars / Escape From New York helmet that flies him here from a Van Ecykian past.


Chris of RWK and Peeta (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Chris of RWK, Peeta and Never (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Chris of RWK, Peeta and Never (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Veng of RWK and Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Overunder and Chris of RWK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Peeta and Never (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Veng and Chris of RWK, Overunder, Peeta and Never (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Veng and Chris of RWK, Overunder, Peeta, Never and ECB  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Veng and Chris of RWK, Overunder, Peeta, Never and ECB  (photo © Jaime Rojo)